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La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016

£30.95 incl. VAT

11 in stock

La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016
The 2016 vintage in Rioja is notable for its unusual character, marked by lighter wines compared to other years of the decade. Some producers capitalized on this rarity, as evidenced by the 2016 Gran Reserva Viña Ardanza. Crafted from 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano sourced from Rioja Alta, this garnet wine aged for three years in American oak barrels. It presents a balsamic nose with hints of cherry, herbs and raisins, complemented by dried flowers. On the palate, it offers a dry, silky, juicy texture. The influence of the cool year and an evolved mouthfeel contribute to a light, flavorful and enduring finish. This is a classically styled Rioja wine—balanced and capable of aging gracefully.

Drinking range: 2024 – 2035
Rating: 94-100 Joaquin Hidalgo, Vinous.com (Dec 2023)

The 2016 Viña Ardanza Reserva was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that matured in used American oak barrels for three years, where it was hand-racked from barrel to barrel six times in the case of Tempranillo and five times for the Garnacha, as it had a slightly shorter élevage of 30 months. Against all odds, I found the 2016 to be fresher than the 2015 and less developed, despite the fact that winemaker Julio Sáenz told me he considers it a warmer year. But I have found many wines I like in 2016, and the wine feels very clean and quite harmonious, younger and less developed, with more primary notes and a velvety mouthfeel. 600,000 bottles produced. The wine was bottled in June 2020.
Drinking range: 2022 – 2032
Rating: 94+ Parker

La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016

£30.95 incl. VAT

11 in stock

La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016
The 2016 vintage in Rioja is notable for its unusual character, marked by lighter wines compared to other years of the decade. Some producers capitalized on this rarity, as evidenced by the 2016 Gran Reserva Viña Ardanza. Crafted from 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano sourced from Rioja Alta, this garnet wine aged for three years in American oak barrels. It presents a balsamic nose with hints of cherry, herbs and raisins, complemented by dried flowers. On the palate, it offers a dry, silky, juicy texture. The influence of the cool year and an evolved mouthfeel contribute to a light, flavorful and enduring finish. This is a classically styled Rioja wine—balanced and capable of aging gracefully.

Drinking range: 2024 – 2035
Rating: 94-100 Joaquin Hidalgo, Vinous.com (Dec 2023)

The 2016 Viña Ardanza Reserva was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that matured in used American oak barrels for three years, where it was hand-racked from barrel to barrel six times in the case of Tempranillo and five times for the Garnacha, as it had a slightly shorter élevage of 30 months. Against all odds, I found the 2016 to be fresher than the 2015 and less developed, despite the fact that winemaker Julio Sáenz told me he considers it a warmer year. But I have found many wines I like in 2016, and the wine feels very clean and quite harmonious, younger and less developed, with more primary notes and a velvety mouthfeel. 600,000 bottles produced. The wine was bottled in June 2020.
Drinking range: 2022 – 2032
Rating: 94+ Parker

La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016

£30.95 incl. VAT

11 in stock

La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza 2016
The 2016 vintage in Rioja is notable for its unusual character, marked by lighter wines compared to other years of the decade. Some producers capitalized on this rarity, as evidenced by the 2016 Gran Reserva Viña Ardanza. Crafted from 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano sourced from Rioja Alta, this garnet wine aged for three years in American oak barrels. It presents a balsamic nose with hints of cherry, herbs and raisins, complemented by dried flowers. On the palate, it offers a dry, silky, juicy texture. The influence of the cool year and an evolved mouthfeel contribute to a light, flavorful and enduring finish. This is a classically styled Rioja wine—balanced and capable of aging gracefully.

Drinking range: 2024 – 2035
Rating: 94-100 Joaquin Hidalgo, Vinous.com (Dec 2023)

The 2016 Viña Ardanza Reserva was produced with 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha that matured in used American oak barrels for three years, where it was hand-racked from barrel to barrel six times in the case of Tempranillo and five times for the Garnacha, as it had a slightly shorter élevage of 30 months. Against all odds, I found the 2016 to be fresher than the 2015 and less developed, despite the fact that winemaker Julio Sáenz told me he considers it a warmer year. But I have found many wines I like in 2016, and the wine feels very clean and quite harmonious, younger and less developed, with more primary notes and a velvety mouthfeel. 600,000 bottles produced. The wine was bottled in June 2020.
Drinking range: 2022 – 2032
Rating: 94+ Parker

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